Project summares: 2013 Environmental Education - community grants

2013 Environmental Education - community grants
Organisation Project title Amount $
1 Million Women 1 Million Women NSW community network

78,400

AHC (Australian Hairdressing Council Limited) Sustainable Salons

54,000

Australian Seabird Rescue Inc. Changing domestic dog owners' behaviour to save shorebirds

53,140

Centre for Sustainability Leadership Regional environmental leaders program

50,000

Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby Brush-tailed rock wallaby: growing resilience in our community

47,240

Ginninderra Catchment Group Tadpole kits for schools program

12,450

NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network Eco smart for Family Day Care (FDC)

29,980

Take 3 Inc. Take 3 surf life saving initiative - sand soldiers program

68,028

Youth Express Association Inc. Woodberry community, culture and caring

49,549

9 projects

TOTAL

$442,787

1 Million Women
1 Million Women NSW community network
$78,400

1 Million Women (1MW) fosters women’s leadership to drive practical environmental action. 1MW will establish and grow a pilot network of community-based groups in five outer-metropolitan and rural/regional centres in NSW, led by local ‘convenors’. These on-the-ground local hubs will coordinate activities and events in their locales to promote the 1MW way of living, based on our practical agenda to save energy and cut waste and pollution while helping the household budget. We focus on food, home energy, transport, money, shopping and sharing. The learning and outcomes from the initial five local groups will be used to expand to other local communities, including the production of a how-to-manual and recruitment plan.

AHC (Australian Hairdressing Council Limited)
Sustainable salons
$54,000

This project will develop reference resources for environmental sustainability education, contextualised to the hairdressing industry for salons, TAFE, and private Registered Training Organisation hairdressing teachers. Ten salons of various sizes will be selected from different locations and will be mentored as they trial energy and water saving and waste reduction strategies. Their progress will be reported, utilising the AHC Facebook 'Sharing Ideas' page as the key communication tool. Through the development of a community of practice 350 hairdressers, members of the AHC, will continue to learn and inform each other as experience, practice and new products are developed.

Australian Seabird Rescue Inc.
Changing domestic dog owners' behaviour to save shorebirds
$53,140

Dog's breakfast educational days aim to bring about long-term social change in dog owner behaviour by informing dog owners about threats of unleashed dogs to beach-nesting birds and migratory shorebirds. The project will be run in the Northern Rivers area and will cover the areas designated in the Northern Rivers Regional Shorebird Strategy 2012-2017, from the Tweed to the Clarence.

Centre for Sustainability Leadership
Regional environmental leaders program
$50,000

The regional environmental leaders program (RELP) will improve the skills, networks and knowledge that emerging leaders from all sectors and professions need to create positive environmental change in their regions, communities and workplaces. The key community need that RELP addresses is capability building for sustainability leadership. Research has identified that there is a gap in the development of the next generation of leaders. Building the leadership capacity and networks of emerging indigenous and rural leaders will directly improve their efforts to make regional Australia more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby
Brush-tailed rock wallaby: growing resilience in our local community
$47,240

The brush-tailed rock-wallaby (BTRW) is an endangered species listed as iconic by the NSW Government. The Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby (FBTRW) community conservation program will deliver in-depth education to local schools enabling student participation in the NSW BTRW Program, including release of captive-bred BTRW, implementation of vital management practices, and information sharing with other schools. The program will include an information drive with educational DVDs and brochures to promote the local community's understanding of the key role they play in directly assisting local BTRW conservation. Chemical training and an information workshop on habitat protection and threat abatement will be provided to landholders. The education package will be shared through our partnerships with other environmental organisations.

Ginninderra Catchment Group
Tadpole kits for schools program
$12,450

The Tadpole kits for schools program supplies schools in the NSW area bordering the ACT with a complete tadpole raising kit to enable students aged 4-16 years to observe the development from tadpoles to frogs while caring for the animals in a safe and controlled environment. Technical support will ensure that schools receive tadpoles of appropriate frog species from secure sources while minimising negative impacts on local frog communities. Educational material provided will teach students about the anatomy, physiology and ecology of frogs, their protected status, and the dangers of translocating tadpoles or frogs from the wild. A visit from the frogwatch educator will further explore these topics through interactive tasks and games investigating frog-friendly habitat.

NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network (ECEEN)
Eco smart for Family Day Care (FDC)
$29,980

Eco Smart for Family Day Care (ESfDC) will build upon Eco Smart for Early Childhood to assist FDC carers to implement a sustainable Quality Improvement Plan therefore impacting on communities. ECEEN, Marrickville Council and Leichhardt Council (and potentially Botany and Canada Bay) Family Day Care services will collaborate to review the existing Eco Smart for Early Childhood and develop the new ESfFDC by: (1) initial presentation of Eco Smart for Early Childhood to FDC Children's Services Advisors (CSAs) and all of the educators; (2) sessions to develop ESfFDC, including CSAs, Sustainability Education, Aboriginal Heritage Officers and ethnic groups’ representatives; (3) trial, mentor and evaluate ESfFDC in a variety of FDC homes; (4) finalise the new ESfFDC; and (5) disseminate to FDC throughout NSW.

Take 3 Inc.
Take 3 surf life saving initiative - sand soldiers program
$68,028

The Take 3 surf life saving initiative: sand soldiers program seeks to introduce a simple, accessible and easily rolled-out campaign to educate and inspire surf lifesaving clubs (SLSC) to be proactive on the issue of marine debris. Training, support and resources will be provided to SLSC, with an impetus to institute a Take 3 Ambassador in each club. Ambassadors will be responsible for ongoing Take 3 actions and education of members, particularly juniors. SLSC in the Sydney and Central Coast regions will be targeted in the first year, campaign extending to regional NSW SLSC in subsequent years.

Youth Express Association Inc.
Woodberry community, culture and caring
$49,549

Woodberry community, culture and caring (WCCC) will raise awareness of environmentally sustainable practices at an individual and community level in the Woodberry area. WCCC will engage and inform the Woodberry community at all levels about ways they can sustainably improve their local environment. It will employ a coordinator who will facilitate workshops, community events and the construction and planting of a community garden designed to engage community from early childhood to seniors. WCCC will raise awareness/change behaviours of traditional ecological methods (Aboriginal culture), food production, waste management, power savings, animal impacts, local amenity, cleaning and chemicals. Food grown will be distributed to disadvantaged homes. Cultural awareness focussing on stewardship of the land will be integral to the project.

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